James “Jim” Mason Brown

Posted by | May 1, 2003 12:00 am

James “Jim” Mason Brown, 69, of Eustis, Fla., passed away April 19, 2003.
Brown was the son of Martha Rowland Brown and D.A. Brown, who was the longtime publisher and editor of The Sparta News.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.
When Brown was living in Sparta, he was an accomplished magician and illusionist and frequently performed on the state of Oldham Theater.
Survivors include two brothers, Dan Brown of San Antonio, Texas, and Louis Brown of Charlottesville, Va. and three daughters, Diane Brown of Clarksville, Kay Brown of Cartersville, Ga. and Amy Brown of St. Mary’s, Ga.
Graveside services are planned for May … Read More


Race M. Braden

Posted by | May 1, 2003 12:00 am

Race M. Braden, 81, of Crossville, passed away April 16, 2003.
Braden was born Dec. 29, 1921, in Winchester, to John and Nellie Smith McDaid.
She was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Crossville. She had been a registered nurse, serving as a public health nurse. Braden was a member of the Seaton Society and received the prestigious Seaton Award from St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.
Survivors include her husband, Erwin Braden of Sparta and several nieces and nephews.
Services were at 10 a.m., April 21, 2003, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Crossville with burial in Eastland Cemetery. Fr. Patrick Brownell officiated.
Hood Funeral Home


Ella Marie Miskell

Posted by | May 1, 2003 12:00 am

Ella Marie Miskell, 83, of Sparta, passed away April 29, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Miskell was born March 16, 1920, in Knoxville, Md., to Abraham Greenwalt and Mary M. Mirley Greenwalt.
She had been a cook.
Miskell was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include one son, Gary Deener of Maryland; six grandchildren, which include Diane Dunn and Roseanne Mathis both of Sparta; 13 great grandchildren and nine great-great
grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m., May 2, 2003, at Elrod Cemetery. Bro. Thomas McCulley will officiate.
Thurman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Sarah Katherine Austin

Posted by | May 1, 2003 12:00 am

Sarah Katherine Austin, 61, passed away April 27, 2003.
Austin was born March 17, 1942, in Marion County, Ky., to Paul Fults and Rebecca Anderson.
She had been a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Austin of Doyle; two sons, Darrell Austin and Harold Austin both of McMinnville; one daughter, Carole Clark of McMinnville; five grandchildren, Jonathon, Tara Sue and Amanda Austin, Josh Morton and Russell Clark; one brother and sister-in-law, George and Tina Fults of Doyle; and several nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Services were at 2 p.m., April 30, 2003, at the chapel of High Funeral Home with burial in Frazier’s Chapel Cemetery. William “Bill” Welch … Read More




Life Force transports accident victim

Posted by | May 1, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
A community is tied together by numerous individuals who each contribute in their own special way. With this thought in mind, the Kiwanis Club of White County will be sponsoring a Minister Appreciation Brunch to recognize those men and women who are “on-call” 24 hours a day.
This event will mark the third anniversary of the special recognition event. Individuals from all denominations and faiths are urged to participate by joining local clergy in celebration of their service to their community.
The brunch will begin at 10 a.m., May 17, 2003, in the fellowship, at Sparta First Baptist Church. Entertainment will be provided by Monica … Read More


The earth moved and White County listened

Posted by | May 1, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
The early morning hours of April 29, 2003, brought a great surprise to White Countians as many were jarred from a rather peaceful sleep. No, it was not a live rendition of the Carole King song, “I Feel the Earth Move,” but it was an experience residents of this normally quiet town will not forget.
With over 182 mapped caves in this area, along with a multitude of sinkholes, White County has had its share of “earth-moving” experiences. This expanse of mountains and foothills sits on a firm bed of rock, which acts as a carrier for any vibrations from tremors.
The epicenter of the … Read More


W.C.H.S. Top Ten, in their own words

Posted by | May 1, 2003 12:00 am

Expositor Report
As a continuing weekly feature leading to graduation week, The Expositor will be profiling members of the academic Top Ten for the Class of 2003. While these scholars are sometimes separated by only hundredths of points, the interests and personal characteristics among these gifted seniors varies from subtle to extreme. In celebration of their achievements and the unique diversity that each brings to the Class of 2003, The Expositor is proud to present the academic Top Ten…in their own words.
Benjamin Clark
I started school at Findlay Elementary; specifically, in Mrs. Girdley’s kindergarten class.
I didn’t seem to be destined for academic success, if one looks … Read More


William Hershel “Jack” Wright

Posted by | April 28, 2003 12:00 am

William Hershel “Jack” Wright, 94, of Walling, passed away April 25, 2003, at Life Care Center of Sparta,
Wright was born Oct. 10, 1908, in White County, to Franklin Marion and Mary Cotton Wright.
He had been a faithful member of Spring Hill The Baptist Church since 1931. Wright had also been
a farmer.
Wright was preceded in death by his parent; three brothers, Oscar, Everett and Bob; and three sisters, Clear, Ollie Mae and Lora.
Survivors include his wife of 74 years, Elsie Johnson Wright of Walling; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Marion and Marie Wright and Wayne and Nelda Wright all of Cookeville and Casey Wright … Read More


Guyline Swindler

Posted by | April 28, 2003 12:00 am

Guyline Swindler, 76, passed away April 22, 2003.
Swindler was born in White County to Guy and Ella Killian Woodley.
She was a member of First Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Dr. Jim Swindler of Winston-Salem, N.C.; one daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Jim Goff of Winston-Salem, N.C.; two sisters, Ella Jo Goodwin of Aurora, Ind. and Pauline Green of Sparta; and two grandchildren, Stephanie Hart and Jennifer Payne.
Services were at 11 a.m., April 25, 2003, at Brown-Penington-Atkins Funeral Home with burial in Magnolia Cemetery.
Brown-Penington-Atkins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Robert Lee “Buck” Tindle

Posted by | April 28, 2003 12:00 am

Robert Lee “Buck” Tindle, 64, of Sparta, passed away April 24, 2003, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Tindle was born Sept. 7, 1938, in White County, to Sam Tindle and Josie Deaton Tindle.
He had been a mechanic and had worked at LTD.
Tindle was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Junior Tindle and James Tindle.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah Tindle of Sparta; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Joe and Christy Tindle and Tim Tindle all of Sparta and Rick Tindle of Doyle; one step son, Jason Tramel of McMinnville; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Charles and Pearly Tindle of Walling, Ray and Ladona … Read More


Mrs. Willie Ethel Jones

Posted by | April 28, 2003 12:00 am

Mrs. Willie Ethel Jones, 89, of Sparta, passed away April 26, 2003, at White County Community Hospital.
Jones was born April 19, 1914, in White County, to William Winfield and Randy Templeton Sapp.
She had been a homemaker.
Jones was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Roy Jones.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Wilma and Jimmy Mills of Sparta; one son and daughter-in-law, David and Kaye Jones of Nashville; six sisters, Louise Turner of Powell, Jewell Turner of Georgia, Jean Warner and Crystal Wyatt of both of Crossville and Joyce Brewer and Lena Jo Tucker both of Ohio; four grandchildren and their spouses, Sharon … Read More


Violet McCoy Slatton

Posted by | April 28, 2003 12:00 am

Violet McCoy Slatton, 92, passed away April 24, 2003.
Slatton was born Dec. 30, 1910, in Van Buren County, to John McCoy and Ella Lawson McCoy.
She had been a homemaker.
McCoy was preceded in death by one son, Carl Melton Slatton; parents; three sisters; and three brothers.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Slatton of Doyle; one son and daughter-in-law, Leonard and Dorothy Slatton of Doyle; two grandsons and spouses, Robert and Joyce Slatton of Doyle and Jimmy and Joan Slatton of McMinnville;
two great grandchildren, Misty Slatton and Robert Justin Slatton both of Murfreesboro; one step great granddaughter, Courtney Daniel of Franklin; one sister, Lodemia Cummings of … Read More



Farley and Hickok sign on to remain teammates at Roane St. Comm. College

Posted by | April 28, 2003 12:00 am

Tammy Wilhite
Brittany Farley signed her name on the dotted line agreeing to play basketball at Roane State.
Seated (l to r):
Misty Griffin, Roane State assistant coach; Johnny Jones, Roane State head coach; Brittany and her mother, Karen Farley.
Back row:
Todd Hess, Warriorette head coach; Charles Dycus, WCHS principal; Dale Farley, and Rick Pullum, WCHS athletic director.
Photo by Tammy Wilhite


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